Man, 23, involved in shootout with Orlando bike officer

Dracarris Hill faces attempted murder of law enforcement officer charges

By Mark Lehman - Reporter

ORLANDO, Fla. - A confrontation between an Orlando police officer and a suspect ended with a shootout early Monday, according to police.

Joseph Saintval, a man who lives near where the incident is said to have taken place said, "It doesn't surprise me at all, because I see this mostly everyday."

Police said the officer was on bike patrol at 2:30 a.m. when he encountered Dracarris Hill, 23, at the Rosemont Plaza on Orange Blossom Trail near Cinderlane Parkway.

Police Chief John Mina said Hill pulled out a gun and fired several shots at the officer.

The officer was uninjured and returned fire, police said. 

Police said Hill was hit but managed to flee the scene before being captured in a nearby field.

The officer who was involved in the shooting is a six-year veteran and will be placed on paid administrative leave.

Mina said his officer is lucky to be alive after the shooting.

"Our officers risk their lives every single night, and this is a perfect example of officers never knowing what they're going to come in contact with," Mina said.

Hill suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Hill's brother, Major Richardson, told News 6 he couldn't think of anything that would explain what police said his brother did.

"I can't really explain it," Richardson said. "You do stuff, you do stuff."

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the incident, which is standard procedure after an officer-involved shooting.

Hill is being charged with attempted murder of law enforcement officer with firearm, possession of firearm by convicted felon, and resisting an officer with violence.

Stay with News 6 and for updates on this developing story.

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